Thank you to The Closet Atheist for her post 34 Things Atheists Are Tired Of Hearing.
Excerpts from it, and the thoughts I had after reading each “thing”:
The only reason you don’t believe is because you don’t want to be obedient.
A relationship with God is about more than following commands. (Matthew 19: 16 — 22)
Evolution is just a theory!
Just because evolution is a theory doesn’t mean it has no basis in reality.
Science changes its story all the time, but the Bible never changes because it’s the truth!
Than why did Martin Luther attempt to remove 7 books from the Bible? If that is not one example of the Bible being changed to suit one’s own “truth” than I don’t know what is.
The watchmaker analogy.
Just because a person makes a watch doesn’t automatically make that person deserving of devotion. i.e., The watchmaker analogy tells us nothing about the nature of the watchmaker; it just tells us that someone made a watch. And it doesn’t tell us for what purpose the watch was made, either. For an example of creating something just for the sake of causing pain and suffering, watch The Human Centipede.
You believe deep down, but you’re not willing to admit it because God would punish you for being a sinner.
You know what a person believes? Are you a mind-reader? Because, you should know: The Bible frowns on that. (Deuteronomy 18: 10 — 12)
It’s dangerous to be a Christian these days because we are being persecuted in this secular society.
Jesus said this would happen, and to embrace it with joy. (Matthew 16:25)
If not the Bible, where do you get your morals from?
The world isn’t split into Christians and atheists. There are so many more worldviews. And so many Christian denominations, too. At least one of which does not depend on the Bible alone for its view on existence…
Evolutionists took Intelligent Design out of public schools, because they’re afraid of it because it’s true.
Your evidence to prove what you’ve just said is true?
It takes just as much faith to be an atheist!
How do you determine how much faith something takes?
Atheism is dangerous because it claims that man is his own god.
Atheism claims there is no good reason to believe in a god. There’s a difference.
When God does things that don’t make sense, just trust him and have faith.
I agree. But: This advice is worthless to a person who doesn’t believe in a god. If I told you “The Loch Ness Monster does things that don’t make sense, so just have faith,” I imagine you would think I had a few screws loose.
I’ve experienced God personally, so he’s real.
He’s real to you, yes. But: This person you’re talking to has not “experienced God personally,” so your words are ultimately worthless, are they not? Getting someone to believe you because of an experience you’ve had depends on the relationship you have with this person, too. For example: I’m more likely to believe in aliens if my best friend tells me they were abducted than I am if a stranger tells me they were abducted.
So do you think you’re smarter than everyone else?
How do you measure how smart a person is? The reason I ask is: A Christian man with a PhD once wrote this to me: “I’m entitled to my opinion, as an expert with a graduate film degree [where’s yours?]!!!”
This is a Christian country.
And? This country also hung people because of their skin color. How Christian…
Why don’t you believe? Is it because something bad happened to you?
To quote Hannibal Lecter: “Nothing happened to me, Officer Starling. I happened.”
Just wait until you’re dead!
Do you know the final destination of one’s soul? Because I was certain that is information only God has.
Just read the Bible.
Many atheists were once Christians. Care to expand on “Just read the Bible”?
I’m praying for you.
Good. But: Do it for the right reason.
Hitler and Stalin were atheists.
Your point being?
There’s no proof that God doesn’t exist.
True. But I don’t see that fact alone leading to mass conversions.
Why do you hate God?
Atheists hate God the same way people hate Joffrey from A Game of Thrones.
We all have a God-shaped hole in our hearts.
Without religion, society would fall to chaos.
This January, Christians gave the nuclear launch codes to this man:
Without God, there is no meaning.
Humans can make their own meaning. Whether that meaning will weather life’s storms is another matter…
Even though you don’t believe in God, he still believes in you.
If I were an atheist, why would I find comfort in the notion that a being that doesn’t exist believes I do?
You can’t look at the beautiful sky and tell me no one created that.
Actually, you can. Hence why you are having a discussion about this in the first place.
You’re going to hell!
And that’s when you know your attempt to reach out to atheists has failed.
We don’t see wind either but we know it’s there.
Considering it’s hurricane season… too soon. Too soon.
If evolution is real then why are there still monkeys?
Because not everything evolves in the same way or at the same pace? An organism’s environment being one factor that determines how it changes over generations.
What if you’re wrong?
Than may they have lived a life where, ultimately, being wrong doesn’t matter. You don’t have to say “Jesus is lord!” in order to make the world a better place. Just look at all the atheists who lost their lives in WWII, fighting for human dignity.
So do you even believe in anything?
I know one thing atheists believe in: The importance of an open mind.
There are no atheists in foxholes.
Certainly it’s not unthinkable that someone would reconsider their worldview as shells are falling around them, but there’s no guarantee of that happening.
You’re taking it out of context!
Than do your job as a Christian and explain the context. Don’t yell at a person because of an issue it is your duty to rectify.